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has been favoured with a visit by Mr. David Johu Smithson, student in the College, London. As he was spending his Christmas holidays in Manchester, his brief stay among us was made all the more agreeable and useful, by conducting the services and preaching twice for us in the Temple on Sunday, Jan. 8th. For his morning discourse, he took for his text, John xviii. 37, and shewed by many pleasing illustrations the object for which the Lord came into the world. In the evening he gave a very beautiful sermon on "Heaven or the future life,” taking for his text John xiv. 2. Both discourses were listened to with great attention, and produced a very favourable impression upon his hearers. Not only on his own account, but also out of respect for his late revered father, was he welcomed among us, and whenever he is again making a stay in Manchester, we shall be very glad if he will grant us a similar favour.
SPALDING. Our friends in Lincolnshire continue their efforts to make known the doctrines in several towns of the county. Spalding has been recently visited by Dr. Bayley and Mr. Gunton. We extract from the Lincolnshire, Boston, and Spalding Free Press, of 29th November, the following notice of the lectures by Mr. Gunton:-On Monday evening this gentleman gave his first lecture on the Second Coming of the Lord, in which he argued that the Coming of the Lord to man consisted in man's reception of the Lord's precepts and a life according to them; and that this was involved in the Lord's own word “He that hath my commandments, he it is that loveth Me, and he that loveth Me shall be loved of my Father, and we will come unto him and make our abode with him.” For the Lord to come in person, said the lecturer, could be of no service to mankind except they receive his precepts, and if mankind received His precepts that was a real coming. This principle he argued is as true of His first coming as of his second. When He was in the world they only were benefitted who listened with an obedient heart; and to him it appeared that this was the
1 This notice was in type for our last Number, but was excluded to make room for articles received as we were going to press.
only way in which an Omnipresent Being could come; for the Omnipresent One is in all time without time, and in all space without space—and the Lord himself dcclared in the last chapter of Matthew “Lo I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world." The Lord really comes to man by means of His Word. The Word tells us about God, and His Kingdom and its laws, and in the degree that man makes those laws the laws of his own life he becomes the Lord's disciple, “Ye are my disciples if ye do whatsoever I command you," and in such the Kingdom of Heaven is established. The lecturer argued that by the sun being darkened and the moon withdrawing her light, and the stars falling from heaven, were represented in the symbolic language of Scripture the decline of love or true charity, faith, and knowledge in the Church. The lecturer illustrated his meaning by referring to the influences of the light and heat of the material sun, producing in nature effects corresponding to those of the sun of heaven, whose heat is love, and whose light is wisdom, upon the human soul, and shewed that in both cases life, order, and beauty were the results. By the Son of Man coming in the clouds of heaven, with power and great glory, he said was signified the
power of the Lord by means of His Word, even in its letter, which the clouds of heaven signify. Hence we read “His truth reacheth unto the clouds,” reacheth even to the letter of the Word. And “He maketh the clouds his chariot,” for as a monarch goes to his friends in his chariot, so Jehovah goes to His friends—those who do his commandments—in his chariot, which is the letter of Scripture.
Mr. Gunton's second Lecture was on the New Heaven and the New Earth, and the New Jerusalem. The lecturer laid great stress upon the fact that every man has his own earth, and his own heaven, in his own mind; that his earth consisted of all his knowledge and experience of earthly things stored up in his memory and his heaven of all his knowledge and experience respecting heavenly things. These, he said, were additional to the material orb on which we walk and live and the spiritual orb on which the angels walk and live. He contended further that the New Earth represented all those new and
improved conditions of man on earth certainly be regarded as new views on which have been so largely ushered in these important subjects.—Mr. Henry for his benefit and happiness within the Watkinson presided, and order and prolast fifty years—all the improvements priety prevailed during the delivery of in our modes of travelling, of com- the Lectures on both evenings, and at munication by telegraph, the im- the close questions were put to and proved supplies of good habitation and answered by Mr. Gunton, to whom a clothing. And, the New Heaven, he unanimous vote of thanks was accorded further said, consists of those more on both occasions. exalted i leas of the Supreme Being, as a God of Love-and not of wrath and implacable revenge—a universal Father,
Marriage. who on the return of the prodigal, runs At Albion Chapel, Leeds, on Thursto meet him, falls on his neck, and day, January 12, by the Rev. R. Storry, kisses him. And, seeing that God William Snowball, to Ann Hannah; loves all His creatures, for He makes both of Leeds. His sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and
Obituary. on the unjust, we begin to see the force of the Lord's admonition—“Love your
WILLIAM CHAUVENET, LATE CHANenemies, do good to them which hate CELLOR OF THE WASHINGTON UNIVERyou, and pray for them which despite- SITY.---We are indebted to Dr. R. L. fully use you and persecute you, that Tafel for the following account of this ye may be the children of your Father distinguished member of the New who is in heaven.' By the New Jeru- Church, and of the funeral services salem, he said, was represented a re- which took place at the Church of the novated Church--for this Jerusalem is Messiah, in St. Louis. Dr. Tafel also called the Bride, the Lamb's wife ; and incloses an extract from a letter of Col. what Jerusalem but the true Church Th. T. Garth, judge-advocate on the could be the Lamb's wife. The wall of staff of General M'Clellan, who acthis city represented the defence which quainted him with the death of Chanthe true Church has in the literal sense cellor Chauvenet: “ Wm. Chauvenet, of the Scriptures, for all the doctrines LL.D., the late Chancellor of the of a true Church are drawn from the Washington University in St. Louis, letter of Scripture, and the doctrines of was one of the most brilliant ornaments any Church which cannot be found in of the New Church in America. He the letter of Scripture are not true. was one of the greatest, if not the The gates of the City represented the greatest, of the American mathematitruths of God's Word which introduce cians and astronomers; and his handman into the true Church. Just as a book of Spherical Astronomy is a textman may be introduced to the palace book in use in all European and Ame. of a king by passing through the gates rican observatories. As a practical and doors which lead to it; so man,
teacher of mathematics and astronomy, spiritually, may be introduced into the he was unrivalled in America ; and it mansion of the King of kings by accept- was entirely owing to his untiring exering and living according to the truths tions that the U.S. Naval Academy of the Holy Word, for they lead to was founded in Anapolis.
It was there the mansion as certainly as the gates
that I first made his acquaintance, when and doors do to the palace of an earthly in 1854 I received the appointment of prince. This view of the matter, said Assistant-Librarian in that Institution, the lecturer, divests the subject of all he being the Chief Librarian, and ocmysticism, presents it in an eminently cupying the Chair of Nautical Astrouseful and practical form, and if con- nomy. In 1859 he received the aptinually increasing acceptance of such pointment of Professor of Mathematics views goes on in the world the result in the newly established Washington must be most beneficial. Both lectures University in St. Louis ; and a few were well attended, several questions years afterwards he was made the Pre were asked and answered, and no sident of that Institution, which post charge was made to the public for this he filled to within a short time before opportunity of listening to what must his death. In 1860 I rejoined him at
the Washington University, where I was appointed Professor of Modern Languages and Comparative Philology, which professorship I resigned
when I entered upon my mission in Sweden. Chancellor Chauvenet was one of the delegates of the Missouri Association in the General Convention which was held in Portland in 1868 ; and it was there where I last saw him. At the time of his death he was the Vice-President of the National Academy of Sciences in America, and he was an honoured member of the Philosophical Society in Philadelphia and of the Academy of Sciences in Boston.
“The enclosed account of the obsequies is from the Missouri Democrat of December 18th. The Church of the Messiah, where the funeral ceremonies were held, is the largest Unitarian Church in the place; and Rev. Dr. Post, who made some beautiful remarks, after the New Church minister, Rev. J. P. Stuart, is the pastor of the largest Congregational Church in St. Louis, and also Professor of History in Washington University.” Col. Th. T. Garth's remarks :
Chancellor Chauvenet was aman of not only national, but European reputation. He has advanced the boundaries of the pure and mixed mathematics, besides facilitating for inferior intelligences the acquisition of such knowledge of these sciences, as may be gained from treatises, of which he has given several of great excellence to the world.
I presume I speak with. in bounds, when I say, that no list of the five greatest mathematicians alive in the whole world on the first of January 1870 would be correct that did not include his name. This was his title to fame and renown.
But if this had been all, the smaller and more obscure circle of his friends would have been comparatively unmoved at his death. If there are many instances of discerning, inventive, analyzing, digesting, comprehending faculties like his, united with the perfect ingenuousness, simplicity, gentleness and modesty, which marked him ; then I have been very unfortunate throughout my life : for I never met with an approximation to such a combination.
The composure of Mrs Chauvenet and her family is wonderful to me.
No one knows better than I that they loved and
revered him who has gone, as it seldom happens to any one to be loved and revered. Yet they exhibit a cheerfulness which is in the most marked contrast with the selfish grief that too often is observable in those who have suffered such a bereavement. If there be in your church any of that living faith which enables your members to feel the words of scripture on this subject of the separation which death makes : to realise, to believe them, and to enable the survivors to utter these words without hypocrisy, this may be an explanation of the calmness and cheerful resignation of Mrs Chauvenet and her children. Faith is so nearly banished from this earth that one is startled to perceive any manifestation of it."
From the Missouri Democrat : "The funeral services of William Chauvenet, the Chancellor of Washington University, was yesterday attended at the Church of the Messiah. Present in large numbers were sorrowing friends and acquaintance and warm admirers of the distinguished dead, with many who knowing only by reputation his sterling worth as a teacher and a Christian, had come to share in paying the last tribute to his memory;
“ The church was appropriately decorated with white flowers and evergreens, the symbols of purity and immortality, emblems also of the singleness of purpose which characterized the deceased, and of the stability and vitality of the sciences he taught and truths he inculcated. With religious ardour he had devoted his fine intellect to the special culture of the exact sciences, had loved to expatiate in the sublime domain of abstract mathematics and of astronomy, had achieved enduring distinction in these chosen fields, and it was fitting that the jubilant release of such a spirit from its clayey prison should be celebrated with flowers and perennial verdure.
“When the coffin had been laid down, Rev. J. P. Stewart read an appropriate passage of Scripture.
A hymn was then sung, after which Mr. Stewart proceeded to address the congregation upon the life and virtues of the deceased.
“Cut off, said the speaker, in the midst of an active and useful life, the career terminated and the work this side of heaven accomplished, such is the record of the hour, such is the word
that is spoken by this dispensation of beloved features of their late preceptor the Divine Providence of the Lord. and friend. The scene was touching But death is not a state; it is an orderly in the extreme. The last sad, long transition from one state of life into look taken, the sacred rites of the hour another; from the natural to the spirit- concluded and the remains were conual world. In the true sense death veyed to their final resting-place.” only a change in the form of life, and
At Heywood, January 6th, Mrs. marks what some of the ancients called
Martha Buckley, in the eighty-second the apotheosis ofman. Asthe bird arises
year of her age. The deceased was out of the egg, and the butterfly out of the caterpillar, so man arises out of the
distinguished as an exemplary member
of the Church, and a steady attender grave of his mortal body, and from
on its public services. apparent death enters into real life.
Died at York, January 2, 1871, aged “After reading some of the doctrines of the New Church, in which the deceased
sixty-two years, Mr. William Heppel,
the leader of the York Society, and an believed, the reverend speaker continued. 'Here we might dwell upon the charac
unflinching advocate of the truths of
the New Jerusalem Church, of which ter of our departed brother, as a father, he has been a receiver over 30 years. husband, friend, citizen, scholar and Christian ; his exalted genius; his
They were first brought to his notice by varied and refined culture; his pro
the father of the Rev. R. Storry, who
lent him some tracts, and aided him by found scientific and philosophic research
correspondence and conversation. He and attainment; his subdued and genial became an earnest reader and receiver spirit; his firm and unflinching integ
of the heavenly doctrines, and laboured rity; his broad and catholic faith knowing no bound of sect or church ;
earnestly to make them known to others. his quiet and serene repose in the allot
He opened his own house for the purments of a Divine Providence; his
poses of worship and reading meetings.
The writer of this notice, who has heavenly and useful life, and the sun
known him about eighteen years, iş shine and merriment of his heart,
vividly reminded of his earnest and which, even under the incubus of disease, he had kept yonthful to the
faithful expounding of the Word and
the application of it to the heart and very last. But in reality it does not
mind of his hearers. His faith in the become us to pronounce an eulogium of
final triumph of truth was unflinching, a life so pure and exalted, and so abounding in good works that speak
although he had to pass through many
trials for its sake. He was for many louder than words. I know that if
months before his death unable to fol. those silent lips could open and direct our speech they would tell us to rather
low his employment, having suffered
from disease of the heart. He was briefly recount the doctrines which he made the model and guide of his life,
confined to his bed only for a few days, and which doctrines may not be so
and he evidently knew his end was
approaching, but his confidence and familiarly known as were the Christian
trust in his heavenly Father's goodness virtues of our brother.
word, Chancellor Chauvenet was a New Church
and mercy did not forsake him. A few
hours before his death he prayed that member, a Swedenborgian, as the com- the Lord would bless and take care of mon phrase has it.' “ The speaker then went into an elabo
his wife, family, and friends. His re
mains were carried to the grave by rate statement of the doctrines of the New Church, and after an appropriate
members of the Society, who were in couclusion, another hymn was sung
great measure brought into the Church
through his instrumentality. and an impressive address delivered by Rev. Dr. Post.
ERRATA.—Article in Obituary, “Cap. “At the conclusion of Dr. Post's tain J. C. Chambers” :- Page 54, line remarks the friends of the deceased, 24, for "increasing,”read "unceasing. and those who had known him in life, Page 55, line 20, for “boldest,” read were invited to take a last look at his "coolest.” Page 55, line 21, for“man. remains. The University professors hood," read and students and others then came for- notice of Miss Fryer, the time of deparward and looked once more upon the ture-Jan. 26, 1870—was omitted.
Page 56, in
"I have manifested Thy Name unto the men whom Thou gavest Me out of the world : Thine they were, and Thou gavest them Me; and they have kept Thy Word. Now they have known that all things, whatsoever Thou hast given Me, are of Thee: for I have given unto them the words Thou gavest Me; and they have received them, and have known surely that I came out from Thee, and they have believed that Thou didst send Me."-Ver. 6-8.
The men who were drawn by the Father to the Son were those who had not destroyed in themselves the good ground into which the truth could be received. They were known by doing good, so far as they were able. “He that doeth truth,” the Lord said, “cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God” (John iii. 21). These formed the remnant of the good in a corrupt world. They were the "holy seed” of a world to come.
They had watched and waited, worked, prayed, and hoped for better things. At last, the sacred day had dawned upon them, the period known in prophecy as the day of the Lord. In that day, it was written, the Lord would take away the veil that had been spread over the nations, the covering cast over all people. He will swallow up death in victory. And now it was so. Prophecy had declared," and it shall be said in that day, Lo, this is our God: we have waited for Him, and He will save us; this is Jehovah, we have waited for Him: we will be glad and rejoice in His salvation" (Isa. xxv. 9).
The Lord Jesus had come indeed, and manifested the name of the Eternal Ruler of all things—His name of Love.